The tiny Chihuahua puppy you are about to see was born without his two front legs, making his life quite miserable. But now there is good news and the puppy has taken his first steps, aided by a special cart made from toy parts.
The puny four-month-old Chihuahua is named Turbo and was given up to an Indianapolis animal hospital when he was just a month old. A genetic defect caused Turbo to be born without his front legs.
The disability immediately began to take its toll, with the other puppies in Turbo’s litter not letting him get his share at feeding time. That was when his carers looked for help from Downtown Pet Vet.
They made it clear that they didn’t want him to be put down, which manager Amy Birk said he never considered anyway.┬áHe told ABC 6:
A small dog can do well with a cart. So, unless he had another medical condition, there was no way we were putting him to sleep.
So staff at the Downtown Pet Vet fashioned a specialized cart for tiny Turbo. The little cart was made from a dismantled Fisher-Price toy helicopter and was attached to the little dog with a ferret harness and pipes from a toy welding kit.
Once fitted with his new cart, Turbo quickly got the hang of it and staff are working to strengthen his back legs. Everything is now looking good and Turbo is up for adoption. Great story! (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Little Turbo in his tiny cart that was constructed by staff at Downtown Pet Vet.
2. Weighing just one pound, Turbo is too small to be fitted for a cart, so staff used toy parts to make him mobile.
3. Turbo has won the hearts of the staff at Downtown Pet Vet, where he’s also known as Roo.
4. Staff tried a few other options before settling on a Fisher Price toy helicopter and a ferret harness.
5. Turbo’s carers call this ‘kangaroo pose’.
6. The adorable pup is looking for a forever home but in the meantime he’s practicing with his new cart and strengthening his back legs.
And here is the video:
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